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Caramel Pecan Carrot Cake

This beautiful carrot cake will impress guests at any party. Made with Musselman’s Apple Butter.

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  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 ½ cups sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • ¾ cup MUSSELMAN’S® Apple Butter
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 3 ½ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons groud cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 cups carrots, grated (about 5 medium)


  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup MUSSELMAN’S® Apple Butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 16-ounce tub frozen whipped topping, thawed


  • 1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans, chopped


For the Cake

  1. Step 1
    Preheat oven to 325° F. Grease and flour three 9 inch cake pans. Line the bottoms with a circle of parchment paper. Set aside.

  2. Step 2
    In a large bowl cream together butter and sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add in the 3/4 cup of apple butter, oil, and sour cream.

  3. Step 3
    In a separate medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, a little at a time, and mix well. Stir in the grated carrots.

  4. Step 4
    Divide the batter between the prepared cake pans. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake, comes out clean.

  5. Step 5
    Allow cakes to cool for 30 minutes in the pans, on a wire rack. Carefully remove the cakes from the pans, peel off the parchment circles and cool completely on wire racks. Once cool, use a serrated knife to flatten off the rounded tops of the cakes.

Frosting & Topping

  1. Step 1
    In a medium bowl beat the cream cheese until smooth.  Mix in the powdered sugar. Beat in the 3/4 cup of apple butter and vanilla. Gently stir in the whipped topping. 

  2. Step 2
    Spread about 2 1/2 cups of frosting on the bottom layer of the cake. Add the middle and top layers, frosting each with about 2 1/2 cups of the frosting.

  3. Step 3
    Pour the caramel around the edges of the top layer, allowing it to drizzle down the sides. Sprinkle pecans over the top of the cake.

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